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For many Kiwis, the dream of owning a boat is in our DNA. Even though we have one of the highest rates of boat ownership per capita, in truth the reality is that this desire often remains a fantasy.
Enter Stitchbird creator Charlie North, a mechanical engineer who took on the challenge to produce a kitset rowboat which can be built in less than three weeks with no prior boat-building experience. His finished product includes everything needed to build the boat – from marine-grade plywood parts to glue, sandpaper, paint and fixtures – making it an ideal joint project for families, couples and groups of friends.
Inspired by a lasting memory of building a wooden boat with his father, Charlie wanted the experience to be available to anyone, regardless of time, specialist tools or knowledge.
“The process of building the boat with Dad brought us closer together, working side by side at night and on weekends and having a common goal,” he explains.
With the help of Copenhagen-based business partner Annabel Jenkins, Stitchbird is now ready to take on international customers, so this ingenious little Kiwi rowboat will be setting sail around the globe. Available in 15 different paint colours, the finished dinghy weighs just 20kg so it’s easy to transport and can even be equipped with an outboard motor.
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